Oct. 30, 2006
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara extended its unbeaten streak to seven consecutive games on Sunday evening with a 2-1 Big West win at Cal Poly. The victory moves the Gauchos (7-6-6 overall, 5-1-1 in the Big West) into a first-place tie with Long Beach State, which lost to UC Riverside on Sunday, but the 49ers will be the No. 1 seed in next weekend's Big West Tournament as a result of tiebreakers. The defeat was Cal Poly's first league loss of the season.
Both teams came ready for a battle; possession stayed in the middle of the field for most of the first half. UC Santa Barbara gained the upper hand when forward Allie Kueny won the ball in the Mustang defensive third of the field and sent a through pass to teammate Genelle Ives. With 15 minutes, 44 seconds remaining in the half, Ives beat her defender and drove a shot at the back of the net. Mustang goalkeeper Ali Tramel got a hand on the high-driven ball, but it wasn't enough to send it over the crossbar as Ives scored her seventh goal of the season. The Gauchos continued testing the Mustang defense for the next 15 minutes, posting six of their eight total shots in the first half.
Cal Poly came back after half time, posting seven of its 11 total shots. Cal Poly senior forward Kelsey Carroll leveled the score 1-1 at 52:08 when she beat two defenders and took a shot from 20 yards out. The ball bounced off the bottom of the crossbar and on the goal line, but with no whistle from the official, Carroll followed her own shot into the goal.
Cal Poly continued to have opportunities to take the lead, but UCSB goalkeeper Katie Wright's three diving saves kept the Gauchos in the match.
At 62:22 UC Santa Barbara capitalized on a corner kick opportunity to go up 2-1. Defender Kandice Mclaughlin pushed up to the 18-yard box for a corner kick. The ball bounced off of a number of players before it popped out to McLaughlin who volleyed the ball back at the goal. The ball bounced off of the back post and into the net.
After the goal, the Gauchos went on the defensive and held off the Mustangs for the rest of the match.
The Gauchos return to action on Friday, Nov. 3, when they travel to Long Beach State for the first round of the Big West Tournament. UCSB will play at 11:00 a.m. against either Cal State Fullerton or Cal Poly.